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    Statue of Liberty to Get New Staircase for Safety

    Statue of Liberty to Get New Staircase for Safety
    NEW YORK — A set of 354 narrow steps spirals all the way up to the Statue of Liberty's crown, and it's the only escape route for tourists in an emergency. On a recent summer day, one tourist put his hands on his knees and gasped for air as a few others funneled down the tightly twisting staircase to the statue's ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Mixing EMS, Firefighting Not Always Easy

    TORONTO - Finding ways to cut spending and save money will almost certainly top the to-do list for Toronto’s next mayor. If elected, Councillor Rob Ford has vowed to pursue drastic measures such as reducing the size of city council and shrinking the municipal work force. But it’s a pledge by mayoral candidate George Smitherman that may be the most contentious. ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    New Challenge Tests Firefighters' Fitness

    New Challenge Tests Firefighters' Fitness
    MARLBORO, MA — The Marlboro Fire Department hosted the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Friday and Saturday at Solomon Pond Mall on the Berlin-Marlboro line, attracting several thousand onlookers and participants. Thirty-eight teams from all over New England and Canada competed in what organizers call “the toughest two minutes in sports.” The challenge includes five major obstacles: climbing a five-story tower carrying ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Detroit Fire Chief: 'I Haven't Had Anything Like This in 20 Years'

    Detroit Fire Chief: 'I Haven't Had Anything Like This in 20 Years'
    DETROIT - Detroit firefighters had to battle strong winds, hot and dry conditions, downed power lines and a lack of equipment and manpower at the same time they fought about 85 fires that erupted in four hours Tuesday afternoon. No fatalities or serious injuries were reported, though dozens of homes were destroyed -- including 18 vacant houses, two occupied homes and ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Firefighters Save One of Their Own from Cardiac Arrest

    Firefighters Save One of Their Own from Cardiac Arrest
    BANGOR, ME — Capt. John Prentiss, a 23-year Bangor Fire Department veteran, says he hangs out with angels. Those angels are the four medically trained firefighters who worked with him on Sunday and brought him back from the dead. “I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for those four guardian angels,” Prentiss, 55, said Wednesday while sitting in his Dedham ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Remembering the Charleston Nine Three Years Later

    Remembering the Charleston Nine Three Years Later
    CHARLESTON, SC - A solemn, subdued memorial is planned for Friday evening to mark the third anniversary of the Sofa Super Store blaze that claimed the lives of nine Charleston firefighters. The Savannah Highway site of the deadly fire will be open for people to pay their respects. Firefighters and families of the fallen will go first, in a private session ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Man Sentenced In Fake Firefighter Attack

    MARTINEZ, Calif. -- A Northern California man accused of posing as a firefighter to kidnap and rape a teenage girl will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. Thirty-three-year-old Daniel Alfredo Flores of Brentwood has been sentenced to 80 years to life in prison. The Contra Costa County judge who issued the sentence on Friday said Flores had shown ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Doctor Rescued from Blaze Thanks 'Heroes'

    Doctor Rescued from Blaze Thanks 'Heroes'
    SAN RAMON — Thanks to the bravery of eight San Ramon Valley firefighters, Dr. Robert Litman is alive and seeing patients again. The immunology and allergy specialist thanked the crew Wednesday night for rescuing him from his blazing Blackhawk home the night of June 22 — the same blaze that killed Litman's 19-year-old son. "Instead of being a second victim, I ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Chicago Firefighters Get $94 Million in Back Pay

    Chicago Firefighters Get $94 Million in Back Pay
    CHICAGO - Chicago firefighters and paramedics will get $94 million in back pay dating back to June 30, 2007 — bankrolled by debt likened to “borrowing to pay for last year’s groceries” — thanks to a contract ratified Monday. “We’re very concerned. It’s enormously expensive to borrow to pay for operating costs. Future taxpayers are gonna have to pay, not only ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Fire Company President Dies from Massive Heart Attack

    Fire Company President Dies from Massive Heart Attack
    YORK, PA - More than anything else, Joyce Farrington remembers her stepson as selfless. Since he was little, he naturally wanted to help people. Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Co. President Douglas Farrington died Monday. Joyce Farrington, his stepmother, said officials told her Doug died from a massive heart attack. He would have been 45 in October. "Everybody in the world knew him," ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Creates System to Save Pets from Home Fires

    For years, Firefighter Rick Rickerson has been plagued by a problem. According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, each year in the United States, approximately 500,000 pets are affected by home fires; and according to the Live Safe Foundation, around 40,000 of those pets die every year. Unfortunately, Rickerson has been witness to this fact more than most people. As a ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Boxing Firefighter Takes on Biggest Challenge Yet

    Boxing Firefighter Takes on Biggest Challenge Yet
    HOUSTON - Houston firefighter Lanard Lane, 12-0 (7 KOs), takes on the toughest challenge of his boxing career when he faces "The Silent Assassin" Mike Dallas, 14-0-1 (5 KOs), of Bakersfield, CA, Friday, July 16. The showdown between the two undefeated welterweights at the DeSoto Civic Center in Memphis, Tenn., will be aired live on Showtime. It will be Lane's debut ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Jury Finds Former Firefighter Guilty of 'Murder-for-Hire'

    James Kornhardt shook his head and whispered to his attorney. "I can't believe it," he said Monday, moments after a federal jury in St. Louis convicted him and a close friend, Steven Mueller, of murder. Across the courtroom, the family of Danny Coleman's wept and then hugged prosecutors. The scene ended a nearly 18-year investigation into a murder plot that broke ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    No Rest for Weary Firefighters, Paramedics

    No Rest for Weary Firefighters, Paramedics
    LANCASTER, OH - As the lights in Lancaster homes are turned off, children are tucked in and adults end their busy days, most people recognize the quiet and calm of nighttime. Members of the Lancaster Fire Department, however, know that peace can be fleeting. On many nights, medics will respond to calls throughout the entire evening. The most unpleasant nights, they ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Tragic Loss the Aftermath of Horrific NY Blaze

    Tragic Loss the Aftermath of Horrific NY Blaze
    FORT EDWARD, NY - As a lethal fire intensified, one woman shoved an air conditioner out a window and then threw a 5-year-old boy out after it to safety, even as the blaze devoured a two-story house, killing six children. Two other adults tried in vain to rescue the children trapped inside the blazing building in a faded mill town along ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    TX Fire Officials, Billing Service Accused of Fraud

    TX Fire Officials, Billing Service Accused of Fraud
    DALLAS - The cash-strapped city of Dallas could owe the federal government $40 million or more if a whistle-blower lawsuit's allegations of fraud involving billing for ambulance services prove true. While the city says the specific amount it may owe the government has not been determined, it acknowledges that it is "fully cooperating" with federal authorities and will "move forward aggressively" ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Charges Against 11 Firefighters Involved in Brawl Pending

    Charges Against 11 Firefighters Involved in Brawl Pending
    BROOKLYN - Several firefighters are likely to be charged after a boozy brawl at a Brooklyn bar that sent a college soccer coach to the hospital with a busted eye, police sources said. Sinan Selmani, who works at St. Francis College, was clutching his broken eye socket as he was dragged by firefighters to a bathroom at the Salty Dog in ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    FF's Son Wins Fight to Get Dad's Name on Monument

    FF's Son Wins Fight to Get Dad's Name on Monument
    POUGHKEEPSIE - More than 60 years after his father died of a heart attack after fighting two fires in the City of Poughkeepsie, a former city man has persuaded state authorities to include his dad's name on a monument honoring firefighters who died in the line of duty. "I'm just thrilled with the news," said Jake Miller, who now lives in ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Unmanned Fire Engine Rolls Into Home

    Unmanned Fire Engine Rolls Into Home
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A parked Spokane Fire Department engine with nobody at the wheel rolled into a home where firefighters were making an aid call. Fire Chief Bobby Williams says the truck had been parked about 100 yards from the home Wednesday night. Shortly after medics walked inside, they heard the crash. KXLY-TV reports the engine knocked down porch supports ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Detroit Firefighter Charged With Creating False Reports

    Detroit Firefighter Charged With Creating False Reports
    The Detroit Fire Department has suspended a 10-year veteran firefighter, who's expected to be charged today with creating a false fire department report after leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident. Jonathan Britt, 30, of Detroit was put on leave without pay last week when the department learned a warrant had been signed Jan. 6, Fire Commissioner James Mack said Thursday. ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: -4